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Altice USA to offer 60 days of free internet to student households without it — including those in Upshur County

BUCKHANNON – Altice USA has announced they are doing their part to help students during this time of remote learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Altice USA-Suddenlink Broadband will offer a complimentary 60-day service internet to help students stay connected and complete their lessons during the pandemic. Suddenlink is a subsidiary of Altice USA, which provides internet, cable and other television services in the U.S.

“In support of the need for remote instruction, Altice USA is proud to announce it is offering Altice Advantage Internet 30Mbps service complimentary for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not currently have home internet access,” they shared Friday in a press release.

The release went on to say that households in the Suddenlink service area can call 1-888-633-0030 or go online at alticeadvantageinternet.com for additional information. They said the service includes unlimited data, free equipment and reduced installation.

When My Buckhannon reached out to Suddenlink, they said that Altice Advantage Internet is available in all service areas within West Virginia including Upshur County. The only exception in the Mountain State is in Sissonville in Kanawha County.

Suddenlink Regional Vice President Bob Lillie told My Buckhannon, “Suddenlink understands how important it is for students to have access to internet, especially as virtual learning continues. Our intention with Altice Advantage Internet is to help make internet accessible to as many households as possible.”

Lillie added that all students living within Suddenlink’s footprint, or service area, qualify for Altice Advantage Internet at no cost for 60 days.

“Families simply need to provide proof of their student’s enrollment at the school,” Lillie said.

Altice President of Telecommunications and Chief Operating Officer Hakim Boubazine said since the start of the pandemic, Altice has provided free broadband to more than 20,000 households and as many schools as remote learning continues.

“We are pleased to provide this offer to assist our communities. This offer is just one example of the many solutions we are providing to ensure families have the tools they need for a successful school year,” Boubazine said.

Following the 60-day period, households may retain their Altice Advantage service for $14.99 per month, providing households with a low-cost, contract-free internet solution.

The release said that Altice USA is providing $1 million in funds and device donations to support remote learning as part of their COVID-19 release and recovery program.

Additionally, Altice USA has introduced a $5 per month educator discount available on select internet and TV packages to show appreciation to the dedicated teachers who are making learning possible for students in the classroom and remotely.

To recap, Suddenlink’s Altice Advantage offers internet for up to 30 Mbps, or megabits per second, download speeds with no annual contract, free equipment and unlimited data for 60 days. It requires that you live in a household with students in college and/or in grades K-12 and that the household does not currently have home internet access for remote learning.

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